The wait is almost over!
With it’s February 2020 release imminent, the release of Pokémon HOME is almost upon us and today, The Pokémon Company has opted to reveal plenty of details regarding the forthcoming cloud service.
Firstly, pricing details have been shared, with players able to pay for a monthly, tri-monthly and yearly subscription. There is a free version available, but for the players who would like to get the full benefits of what Pokémon HOME has to offer, here is an overview of what the Premium version has to offer, compared to the free version:
Secondly, the benefits of linking Pokémon HOME to your Nintendo Account, have also been shared, with the following statement given:
Pokémon HOME is a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather. By linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile version of Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes on both versions!
With Pokémon HOME, you can move Pokémon between compatible games, trade Pokémon on the go, and more!
The Pokémon Company has even gone on to provide a breakdown on what can be expected from Pokémon HOME, in terms of trading, moving Pokémon and other available features, all of which can be found below:
Use your mobile device to trade Pokémon anytime, anywhere! There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on your mobile device.
Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world before you even know it! The Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when you’re not using Pokémon HOME.
You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).
With the GTS, you’ll be able to specify which Pokémon you want to trade and which Pokémon you want to receive and then be matched with a Trainer whose requests meet your criteria. You’ll even be able to request Pokémon that you haven’t yet registered in Pokémon HOME’s National Pokédex!You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).
Room Trade lets you create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. To add a little suspense, you won’t know what Pokémon you’ll receive until the trade is complete.Trading in rooms has no cost, but you’ll only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
Friend Trade allows you to trade your Pokémon with other users who you’ve become friends with in Pokémon HOME. You can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME.
The features related to adding and managing friends in Pokémon HOME cannot be used by users under the age of 16.
More FeaturesPokémon HOME is full of features that you can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more!
Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when you deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon HOME. If you move a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will be registered, too! In the National Pokédex, you’ll be able to see Pokédex entries from various different games in one place.With the mobile app version of Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to see much more than just Pokédex entries. You’ll also be able to check each Pokémon’s Abilities as well as the moves it can learn!
You can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME! With this feature, you can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon HOME. Pokémon received in Pokémon HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon HOME.Notes: You must be at least 16 years old to use the Local Event Check option for Mystery Gifts.Depending on your device and OS version, some features may not be supported.You can also get some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokémon HOME and then using that code in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.
If you’ve enrolled in a Premium Plan, you’ll have access to the Judge function, which allows you to check how strong your Pokémon are.
In your room, you’ll be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games you’ve connected to Pokémon HOME. You’ll also be able to edit your profile using stickers. You can obtain stickers when you meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks in Pokémon HOME known as Challenges.
In the mobile app version of Pokémon HOME, you can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, you’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.Note: The Battle Data function is expected to become available sometime after the February 2020 launch of Pokémon HOME.
In Pokémon HOME for mobile devices, you’ll be able to receive news about Pokémon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
Pokémon HOME Points
Pokémon HOME Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon HOME as you deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to exchange your Pokémon HOME points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.
As Gen 8 continues to show us, the world of Pokémon, is changing at an alarming rate and while not everything about Pokémon HOME warrants getting excited about, it’s certainly a fuller package than previously expected, but what do you think of Pokémon HOME? Sound off in the comments below! We want to hear them.